Science Communication

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Posted on August 23, 2017 - 12:30pm, by nwehner

Via Ars Technica

Another academic study confirms that higher levels of science education does not lead to increased acceptance of "controversial" topics such as climate change and stem cell research. Rather, those with higher rates of scientific literacy are more entrenched in their beliefs.

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Posted on June 9, 2017 - 3:58pm, by abrown

Via The Vancouver Sun

"Already known to Canadians as the Vancouver Aquarium’s sustainable seafood program, a news release Thursday announced that Ocean Wise had expanded its goals, becoming “a new global ocean-conservation organization focused on protecting and restoring our world’s oceans.”"

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Posted on April 27, 2017 - 12:58pm, by nwehner


"The Rita Allen Foundation and WGBH Boston are pleased to announce the Rita Allen Fellowship for Science Communication. This new program will provide a year's support for one fellow to study the field of science media, experiment with successful media formats and work to expand science literacy in the general public.  The fellow will embed at WGBH, one of the pre-eminent science media producers in the US and home to the flagship public media science series NOVA."

Applications are due by 30 June 2017.

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Posted on April 6, 2017 - 7:01pm, by abrown
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Posted on April 5, 2017 - 9:47pm, by abrown

Via Nature

"An online widget that trawls the Internet searching for free-to-read versions of paywalled papers has been installed more than 10,000 times since its prerelease debut on 10 March, its inventors say. Officially launched on 4 April, Unpaywall is a free web-browser extension that hunts for papers in more than 5,300 repositories worldwide, including preprint servers and institutional databases."

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Posted on March 16, 2017 - 12:59pm, by abrown

Via The Scientist

"With the March for Science on the horizon, researchers are debating whether overt displays of science advocacy may help or harm public perception of science. And when scientists have a question, they typically approach it with data. John Kotcher and colleagues at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, published a study on the subject last month (February 26) in Environmental Communication."

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Posted on March 14, 2017 - 12:41pm, by nwehner

Via Ars Technica

"By making so much information so accessible, social media has drastically changed the way we consume information and form opinions in the modern era. The danger, however, is that social media creates an “echo chamber” that filters the information people receive so that it largely supports their existing opinions."

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Posted on March 13, 2017 - 10:01am, by nwehner

Via The Macroscope

"Share a Bold, Inclusive Vision. First, science supporters must articulate a clear choice about the future that all Americans can relate to. Not something abstract, which only scientists care about — like levels of research funding, or pressures on scientists. This needs to be something everyone can appreciate."


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